Whale Watching In Hermanus

We love wildlife so much...how about some whale watching today!   Back in July we spent a weekend in Hermanus, South Africa, the mecca for viewing Southern Right Whales.

DSC01050

Our first sighting of whales from shore.  Southern Right whales return to Hermanus' warm bay year after year to give birth and and raise their calves until their babies are big enough to withstand the colder waters of their migratory paths.

http://youtu.be/n9MV5eAklTU

Watch This video on YouTube

An uncut vid of our first sighting upon arriving in Hermanus.  She was breaching so playfully!

 

IMG_5926

IMG_8187

IMG_5933

DSC00854

This is what first sightings usually look like from the water.  The sea safari boat companies are only allowed to motor just so close then they must cut motors and it is up to the curiosity level of the specific whale as to how close she comes.

 

DSC00868

DSC00884

DSC00889

Isn't she a beauty!?!  The white calcifications on her body are normal callous like growths called callosites.  The callosites are so unique each whale can be identified by them.

 

DSC00898

And then she sank below the surface.

DSC00905

We saw her tail slip away.

http://youtu.be/MwZQqt5NR6g

Watch this video on youtube

This vid shows the whale's dive and the footprint she left behind.

 

DSC00900

This is what is referred to as a Whale's Footprint.  When a whale dives, the thrust from their fluke (tail) creates this circular pattern in the water.  So pretty!

DSC00930

IMG_5938

 

http://youtu.be/qY3_8ybcI7Y

Watch this video on YouTube

 

IMG_5957

 

http://youtu.be/A-kRX9dr4Ss

Watch this video on YouTube

 

DSC00946

DSC00968

 

http://youtu.be/44jOE7jjYT8

Watch this video on YouTube

This vid is our favorite for the bubbles and whale "talk".  She is simply magnificent!

 

DSC00998

We also spotted a pod of Humpbacks breaching in the distance so we went to get a closer look but they stopped!

DSC01024

DSC01029

 

http://youtu.be/cwfIfCBsT74

Watch this video on YouTube

http://youtu.be/54pBSPo1QMg

Watch this video on YouTube

We also found interesting creatures that we weren't expecting on our sea safari.  Penguins, Cormorants, a couple of Arctic sea birds that no one could identify, and these fun little guys!

 

 

IMG_8254

 

A life-size statue near the shore.

09

The photo on the top was taken in 2004.  We found the same spot and took the photo on the bottom for a "10 years later" shot.  The little guy next to me on the bench in the current photo is WAY cuter!!!!

 

So, have you ever been whale watching?  Where did you go?  Where would you like to go to see whales?  What kind of whale do you want to see?  If you have never been...are you interested in it at all?

Becky Kortman

I'm a homeschooling, world traveling, Jesus follower who is a wife and mom of 4 kids, In all my travels, I am looking for places that fit with my soul and feel as much like 'home' as they can this side of heaven.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
Facebook

Read other posts about: , , ,

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get all the updates!

Fill out the form at the right to receive emails when we update this website or have emergency updates. You’ll receive additional updates that may not be published on this blog post.

Signup Today!